Indian Creek Designs

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Indian Creek Designs (ICD) was a manufacturer of paintball markers based in Idaho and owned by Jerry Dobbins. As of 2008, ICD has announced at its website that it will no longer be manufacturing paintball markers, with Vaporworks [1] taking over service and maintenance duties.

History[edit]

Line Si, owned then by Ross Alexander, was known for producing a pump marker in 1986, the Bushmaster SI. Ross sold the company to Jerry Dobbins who renamed it Indian Creek Designs. ICD kept the Bushmaster name and produced several markers including the 'Cat line of markers. These markers included the Puma, Alley Cat, Alley Cat II, Bob Cat, and Thunder Cat, all of which were very similar in design.

One of ICD's most famous line of markers was the Bushmaster 2000 line. This line of markers was intended to compete with the high-end markers of the time (Angels, Shockers, Rainmakers, etc.), but are mostly considered a mid-range marker. Their design is based on the common electro-pneumatic poppet valve design. The Bushmaster line of markers came in several generations and styles, but was eventually discontinued in 2004 and replaced with the Promaster.

The BKO (rumored to stand for Bushmaster Knock-Off) was the little brother of the Bushmaster 2000 series. Rather than being fully pneumatic, the ram housing consisted of a spring to return the marker's bolt, resulting in slower cycling speeds. The BKO was also discontinued in 2004.

As of December 2007, the Paintball division of ICD has closed its doors.

BKO[edit]

2002 bko
2003 bko
2003 bko
Stock 2004 bko

The BKO is a paintball gun which uses a "spring return ram" instead of being fully pneumatic. It has a firing rate of 15-18 BPS. The BKO was discontinued in 2004.

Construction[edit]

The 2004 BKO is made from aircraft-grade aluminum, with internal parts, wear and contact surfaces were heat treated or hard anodized. It uses a 9-volt battery for operation and a microprocessor-based controller. The BKO is designed for nitrogen gas or compressed air with a main operating pressure is 200-300 PSI and the BKO offers low-pressure operation.

Parts diagram[edit]

Stock Ram
Stock 2002 LPR

BKO models[edit]

The first BKO was produced in the second half of 2002. It used the same electronics as the Bushmaster 2000. The firing rate for the 2002 model is 10bit/s, in a semi-only firing mode.

Later in 2002, the second-generation model was produced. The changes included

  • a “diamond milling” pattern in both the upper and lower tubes of the main body.
  • the factory setting of the high-pressure regulator, to rectify problems for users with pre-set tanks
  • firing rate increased to 14 bit/s
  • the options of a "clamshell" frame, although whether the design is truly a clamshell frame is disputed

In 2003, the following changes were made:

  • the clamshell frame became standard
  • updated electronics, with an optional system that could override a user’s desire to fire (to prevent breaking paint)
  • firing rate increase to 18-20 bit/s

Later in 2003, the design included a user-rebuildable ram. The low rise feed-neck became standard in this model.

In 2004, the following changes were made:

  • firing rate limit was set to 36 bit/s
  • the LPR was moved from behind the HPR, to below the barrel
  • a new milling style on the feed-neck

BKO gallery[edit]

Latest products[edit]

ICD's most recent markers were the Promaster and Freestyle. The Promaster is very similar to the Bushmaster internally, with the exception of the utilization of pneumatic hoses. It is also shorter than previous Bushmaster models. The Freestyle was made to compete with current high-end markers. It was, at first, plagued with many bugs but eventually was noticed by top pro teams. The team most associated with the Freestyle was the Naughty Dogs, who were given private label versions.

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